A lot of people go online to seek advice about their careers, about business, about relationships, and just about anything else as well. They prefer seeking advice online because it’s more anonymous, and convenient. But a lot of times they don’t know who to believe because there is just so much information out there.
So there’s a growing trend towards actually paying professionals and experts for their advice and coaching in specific areas, instead of just reading information on random sites.
If you’ve got specific expertise, or just have the ability to provide advice and counsel people, then this is something you should consider. Even if you’ve just got extensive experience in life or business, you can easily promote yourself as a life coach or business coach.
What you need to do to get started as an online coach or consultant is to setup a website that tells people who you are and what you can offer. It’s a good idea to specialize in a specific area first; so tell people that you do life coaching, or business consulting, or that you’re an expert in relationships. Whatever it is, choose an area of specialization that you’re comfortable in to begin with.
One of the best things about this type of income stream is that you can do the coaching and consultation over the phone, or over Skype, so you can end up having clients from all over the world.
So make sure on your site you have multiple ways for people to contact you; have your email, have your phone number, have your social media pages, and have your Skype ID. Make it as easy as possible for people to get a hold of you.
Once you’ve got your site up, it’s just a matter of marketing your services to people who need it. So find online forums in your niche and start participating there by posting helpful comments. Like the previous method we talked about, have a link in your signature that sends people to your site. Also visit blogs that are related to what you do and post helpful comments there with a link back to your site.
When you get people contacting you from your site, reply to them with some good advice to get started with, but then mention that you will be able to help them much more if you got on the phone (or Skype) and had a chat instead.
That’s where you can then talk directly with them to get an idea of what kind of help they need, and what kind of help you can provide to them. Of course you can also then negotiate with them to setup a paid consultation session in the near future.
How much they pay you for each session depends largely on your experience, your expertise, and how confident you are in your ability to help that specific client